HSV is transmitted during close contact with an infected person who is shedding virus from the skin, saliva or secretions from the genitals – HERPES

HSV is transmitted during close contact with an infected person who is shedding virus from the skin, in saliva or in secretions from the genitals. This horizontal transmission of the virus is more likely to occur when sores are present, although viral shedding, and therefore transmission, does occur in the absence of visible sores